June 3rd, 2010
10:01 PM ET

Attempt to Cap Oil Spill Underway: Join the Live Chat

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Right now, underwater robots are trying to attach the cap to the damaged well 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf. We'll have the breaking news developments tonight on 360°

Want more details on what we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (401 Responses)
  1. Lori

    @Mike, I think the oil coming out of the pipe is at very high pressure and can not be contained that way.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Cynthia, NC

    What a novel idea, a BP narration of the cap being lowered onto the well as the world watches! But that would be providing information to the public and that isn’t a BP strategy.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Thea

    Anderson, what about the other rupture that is causing that lake of oil that is the size of Maryland now and is about 20 miles from Mobile Bay? What is being done about that??

    June 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. judy Best

    hi Anderson
    i'm watching your show as i write this to you...i just saw the pics of the birds drenched in oil...that had to be one of the most gut-wrenching scenes that i've seen in a long while... and while it's hard to look at, i hope that it helps to underscore the depth and breadth of this ongoing calamity...its time for everyone to rise up and demand more safety mechanisms from ALL of the oil companies BEFORE they drill a mile under water, without knowing what to do in case of a rupture...keep on them Anderson...don't let this story fade into the sunset !!!
    judy best, ontario, canada

    June 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Tony Hayward should be arrested and the united states should take over the operation and the company .

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Warren

    You're right Anderson, they should have someone reporting live what is happening. It is a learning experience people might benefit from. Maybe some kids or teens will be fascinated by the repair attempt and aspire to grow up to be an engineer who helps prevents such incidents as this.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Annie, Beijing, China

    Hi, Anderson. happy birthday to you! I love your show, it's really great! and i watch it almost every day. thx for your wonderful job! you're very professional, insightful, and compassionate! whis you happy everyday, and good luck!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Samantha Rowley

    Amazing to see the "live feed". The pressure exerted as the cap is being placed looks worse than before. No play-by-play explanation? Uncertainty on whether this will work. If not, another plan in the works. Do we really need to watch this trial and error method? Whew...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Gail Duncan

    Wake up call folks! SOS! It is time to search the globe for help. Forget pride and ego, we need help NOW. Let us learn the many lessons from this and not repeat them. Oh, this hurts

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Brian J Franklin

    How long ago was the oil on the shores comming out of the pipe?
    Whats the turnaround time from the pipe to the shore?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Bob in Sylvania,Oh.

    I am 57 yrs old. The most disturbing thing to me about this oil disaster is that i will NOT live long enough to see a full recovery of the Gulf . BP needs it's financial resources confiscated and then be banned from any further drilling of American oil reserves.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Diana

    I am stunned that BP (or any oil company) was allowed to drill in our waters not knowing how to fix a problem like this, should it go wrong, which it obviously did.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  13. lisal -canada

    which begs the question ... who IS doing bp's pr – it sure could use some improvement

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Amy

    Thank you, Anderson Cooper, for being a real journalist and asking the salient questions. Finally, someone is covering this oil spill with real pictures of the suffering, both human and animal, that is taking place. Now maybe we'll get some action.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Kelly Armstrong

    Do you know if this cap is going to use the pressure from the oil well to pump into tankers, or are they going to have suction pumps on the tankers aiding the flow? If there is a high vacuum presence you would think that the leakage would be minimized and the oil would take the path of least resistance. Does that make any sense?

    Kelly Armstron
    Chatham, Ontario

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Linnea

    Happy Birthday (we share a birthday). Is there any way that people from around the country could go down there for a week or so and help clean birds? My daughter and I would be interested in going. Is there some Red Cross – type effort going on for the animals?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Ron

    This is a complete disaster. At this rate they are going to completely devastate our ocean.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Lynn

    Why aren't there many many(hundreds if necessary) Coast Guard and U.S.Navy ships putting down some kind of absorbant material ( even hay has been mentioned) on the oil and then scooping it up while the oil is way out in the gulf. It appears that they are just letting it come ashore and then trying to clean it up, which is much more difficult and damaging.

    Great coverage of this horrible disaster every night Anderson!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Lori

    Hi Anderson, Happy Birthday! We are blessed to have you here.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  20. james

    seeing those birds covered in oil is heartbreaking,that bp has tried to hide whats really happening,is infuriating,and to spend millions on pr while the people and wildlife suffer,show's bp's true color's.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Jeff Canada

    Questions – How much oil do they think is in this well? Someone must know how much or an approx how much is in the well?? Or a time line that this well was suppose to be producing oil when the rig was working? Anyone?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  22. David


    Thank you for staying on top of this story and telling us the truth about what has been taking place in the gulf. This is absolutely terrible and BP should be held accountable!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  23. michael nyc - oil spill

    Replace old flange and attached broken (now snipped) pipe at top of BOP – has (6) hex nuts – with new flange and associated pipe to surface !

    This could have been done after the smoke cleared (day 2) and this disaster avoided ...

    p.s. It is unfathomable how this was not done.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It still seems the federal government is missing in action. OK so Obama is furious, but still no action.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Dennis Sweeneyde

    How do we allow BP to operate any gas stations or businesses' in America after this?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  26. mike

    i dont understand why they dont slide a big hose over top of the pipe like a fire hose and use a clap like the clamps used on subs when they spring a leek and have tankers to allow the oil to go up the hose into a tanker it wont stop it but this oil will flow up the hose

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Emily

    Does anyone know what that 'cap' that BP is putting on is made of?
    Is it sturdy?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  28. James C. Barnes

    The saddest thing is they could have shut this well down days after the rig blew up. Nobody seems to question that all their attempts to date; have been to try and capture the oil other than the mud pumping.
    With alot less effort, they could have installed a valve to that flange below the cut we see, and slowly shut the well down. What better way to help pay for this than to catch as much oil as they can. The Country is being played like a fiddle.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Helen

    That 50 million dollars BP spent for PR could make a lot fishermen whole.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Jana, Georgia, formerly from Indiana, "This is ridicules that BP is paying 50 million dollars on spin."

    You are absolutely right. They don't want to pay the fishermen, but they have money to waste on PR!

    I don't believe the spill was an accident. BP has a horrible safety record. I think it was the result of cutting corners and taking reckless chances. I think it could have been prevented.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  31. Janice Ocala Florida

    Those pic's are Horror movie,but it our reality,we need more pic's and need to plaster every where,I posted them on facebook,,instead of spending money on ads they should of hired the unemployed to clean up..We want action from them,not empty words

    June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Sarah

    Happy birthday, Anderson. It's my birthday, too.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Diane

    The Gulf Island National Seashore, which is composed of over 135,000 acres of wetland, estuaries and beaches, runs between Ocean Springs, MS and Pensacola, Florida. What is the Department of the Interior and National Park Service doing to protect the wildlife and natural beauty of this national treasure?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  34. victoria

    Why BP don't put all their employees that are working to make money righy now, to CLEAN all the birds and animals contaminated?????!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  35. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It seems that everything BP does just shows they don't get it. How much cleanup would their PR campaign fund?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  36. John

    It is pure in your face waste of time and money both with BP and with the photo ops , that the government officials both local and federal.There is nothing that has been done by any of them that couldn't be done from the their office .The money that it takes to taxi
    the elete around could relieve alot of hurt along the coast..both in humanitary efforts and enviromental.
    All the officials that are chomping at the bit..come out from behind the cameras..and actually do something other than point the finger at someone else.Action speak louder than all the hype.Your no better than those your condeming.lead by example.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Michael

    .....Happy 43! Anderson Cooper

    June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  38. colleen from florida

    I'm sitting here in tears watching all the wildlife . This is just terible that this can happen. I think its criminal and I am ashamed of our president. He is up there with BP in my books.
    God help this country.
    Thanks for listing.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Karen, MN

    Great idea, Anderson. BP should give us minute by minute report on the under water video.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |

    These animals are victims.

    Victims of what what is being investigated as criminal negligence on BP's part.

    And victims of every American's consumption.

    When (and who knows when) this leak is capped, may we not forget the lesson taught here.

    While BP is unquestionably at fault, I fear we will miss an important opportunity to learn from the perils of our dependence on oil while we point fingers.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Mike

    Please consider bioremediation to clean these marshes and bays. Wiping down individual blades of grass does nothing. Actually clean these marshes using concentrated amounts of naturally occuring microbes.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    45 days and counting!...I hate to pessimistic, but I cannot see any silver lining and I fear that this may become the worst enviromental disaster ever...I am glad that CNN and Anderson are keeping us updated. Many thanks!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Sharon Hastings

    That picture seems to show just how powerful the pressure of that oil is as it explodes out. This is not a "leak". I wonder if anything they put on top of it can possibly stem that strong pressure.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  44. Emily

    As you are talking about this 'voice over' idea, which I think is GREAT!, I wonder just how many from BP just might want to do that yet have signed some kind of 'contract' to not say anything, like the newly BP employees.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Jordan

    Thanks so much BP. The LA coastline was already destroyed enough from hurricanes over the years and the brown pelican was already an endangered species. Now LA is pretty much ruined and you want to run apology campaigns when you should be cleaning and fixing. Your PR is already ruined so just fix things.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Autumn

    My God! What have we humans come to....the greed and power of money trumping human compassion, the love of the land and sea, the respect for Mother Nature! Humans (presently BP) are going to destroy life as we know it!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Patricien Robb

    Sometimes when you care that much you have to be passionate . I am proud of James Carville/Mary M and you ... it is an unbelievable tragedy.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Marilyn

    Anderson, would you please have your staff investigate the possibilities of using oil-eating bacteria to help with the clean-up? I have not heard anybody even mention the possibility of using them, and apparently they are available and effective now.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Beverly

    Hi Anderson,Thank you for speaking up for us from Louisiana....I love what you are doing for us...We are the forgotten state....We love our state and they just don't get it....We live and are proud of being who we are...We live on our land,we work for what we have,we take our life style serious,we don't ask for much,we make do.....So Thank you for speaking for us....I know you understand....Its so hard to see what is happening under our water and on OUR lands.....Thank you....Bev

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Nicole The Netherlands

    Anderson (sorry) Happy Birthday to you!! Good health and lots of happiness to you!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
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